Will the Broncos pick a QB in draft?

QB Blaine Gabbert (Darron Cummings/AP)

It is a question being asked frequently, and everyone is wondering about the answer.

The Broncos have quarterback Kyle Orton and selected Tim Tebow in the first round of last year's draft. But that hasn't stopped the team's new hierarchy - football operations chief John Elway and coach John Fox - from looking very closely at the quarterbacks in this year's draft.

Ramping up the discussion is that Denver has the second overall pick in the April 28 draft.

For the record, Fox, Elway and general manager Brian Xanders were at the Pro Days for Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert. They both are expected to visit Denver prior to the draft. For Ryan Mallett's Pro Day, offensive coordination Mike McCoy was present. Plans are for quarterbacks coach Adam Gase to have private workouts with Christian Ponder, Jake Locker and Colin Kaepernick.

The Broncos have the fourth pick in the second round.

Elway explained the team's due diligence succinctly. "We're always looking for that guy," said the guy who was that guy with the Broncos. "We may already have the guy who can pull the trigger and win us a championship someday. We may have him. We don't know. We believe in Tim, but he's not there yet.

"Where we are with that second pick, we have to look at everything. Because by no means do we plan on going back there (to No. 2)."

Noting the top quarterback prospects in the draft, Elway added, "It's very rare that you have three guys who are at least 6-4, 230 and run a 4.6."

Elway admitted being enamored with players similar to him.

"I think sometimes your eyes migrate to the style you played," he said. "You don't have to be that way. You look at Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the success they've had. But I think it's getting harder and harder to play that position and not have mobility."

Finally, Fox put everything in perspective. Asked if looking at the quarterbacks is an indictment of Tebow, Fox said, "I don't think it's an indictment on anybody. I just think if there's a Hall of Famer there we ought to look at them.

That prompted the million-dollar question: Is there a Hall of famer there?

He said, "If I knew that I wouldn't be sitting here."



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